first_imgThe Ocean City Business Summit recently took place, bringing together leaders in local government and commerce.The Summit, now in its 12th year, offered analysis of the 2016 summer season and looked ahead to 2017.The weather, always a prime factor contributing to the success of area businesses, was reviewed by Meteorologist Dan Skeldon, who offered a long-range forecast for Summer 2017. Skeldon predicted a milder winter and a “warm, dry summer.”Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michele Gillian, representatives of the Boardwalk Merchant’s Association, OC Tourism Commission, OC Realtors and many individual businesses took part in this annual tradition.In this video, OCNJ Daily’s Michael DeVlieger interviews some of the participants, to provide the viewer with a highlights package of some of the event’s most memorable moments.“2016 was a weather-challenged summer, but (visitors) came and they love Ocean City,” Mayor Gillian said. “This is what happens when everyone is working together.”last_img read more

first_imgWork with us – member recruitment 2019The Parole Board is recruiting new members.For more information and how to apply, go to the dedicated recruitment page on the website. Life at the Parole BoardBy His Hon. Judge Geoffrey Kamil, CBE A beginningI joined as Parole Board member 175 in the year 2000. There were about 20 of us new recruits and most were connected in some way with the law — either judges, barristers, magistrates, ex-probation officers, or senior ex-police officers. There were no members representing any minorities.There were no oral hearings at prisons, although independent members (non-judges, psychiatrists, and psychologists) did go to interview the prisoners and feed that information into the dossiers. Dossiers were thin and contained only basic information as there were very few offending behaviour interventions available. The hearings took place in an office at the Parole Board, when up to 18 cases were considered by a panel of 3 members.The changeGradually, the membership increased, and offence related courses and programmes were introduced into the prisons to address the identified risks for each individual prisoner. Panels of members then started to go to the prisons to deal with oral hearings where the prisoners voices were heard, and evidence was taken from probation officers, psychologists, and psychiatrists. Decisions were full and reasoned and delivered in writing within 14 days of the hearing. This has expanded over the years with more ‘professional’ input and decisions that now must stand up to public scrutiny.The test to be appliedA panel consists of a Chair – either a judge or another trained and qualified member – and up to two other members, who hear the evidence and perform a risk assessment. The general test is whether the person whose case is being heard would pose a risk of serious harm to the public, and whether that is a risk that can be safely managed. The decision made by the panel is a majority one, except in panels of two, where it must be agreed by both members.The membersOver the years the membership has increased significantly as the volume of work has greatly increased. The backgrounds of the members has changed so that it has become more representative of the public. However, in one important field it has shown little improved representation – that of the black and ethnic minority communities. It is vital that more members of those communities offer their services in this very valuable and fulfilling work.Am I happy in my work?I can honestly say that I would not have continued as a Parole Board member if I did not enjoy my work. It is onerous but satisfying, especially when you have been able to reach a decision that is fair to the prisoner, the victim, and the public. I have met, sat with, and made friends with so many different people, and discovered talent coming from many different walks of life. It has demonstrated to me that you don’t have to have been closely connected with the law to be a good Parole Board member.Should you be afraid to do the work?There is nothing to fear, as no one is sent out to do the work without proper training and help from mentors. There will also be refresher training at regular intervals. So don’t be afraid! Just give this important work some consideration.last_img read more

first_imgMINISTER within the Ministry of Education with responsibility for Sport, Nicolette Henry, yesterday lauded the performance of Guyana’s amateur team that contested the second Caribbean Development Boxing Tournament (CDBT) which concluded on Sunday in Barbados.The 11-man Guyanese team and officials, returned to Guyana with 10 gold medals and one silver medal, while Christopher Moore, son coach Clifton Moore was adjudged Best Boxer of the CDBT.Addressing the boxers shortly after their arrival at the Eugene F. Correia International Airport at Ogle yesterday, Minister Henry congratulated the boxers and officials for a job well done and said that the Government of Guyana is “really committed to the development of sport”, so much so that the government has budgeted twice the amount that was budgeted in 2016.Athletes, she said, must go on and make their mark and with this in mind, the government will provide the opportunities as it will invest in athletes and young people. “It was a great experience for you (boxers) to make Guyana proud.”The boxers and officials were met on their arrival at the Airport by Minister Henry, Director of Sport Christopher Jones, president of the Guyana Boxing Association Steve Ninvalle and president of the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) K. Juman-Yassin and shortly after they were introduced to members of the media.Chairing the proceedings, Ninvalle noted that it was a historic moment for Guyana, since it was the most gold medals per capita captured by a team from these shores.Ninvalle reminded those present that it was a very difficult task to get sponsorship for the 11-member team plus officials to participate in the tournament.Best Boxer of the second CDBT Christopher MooreHe noted also that GOA president Juman-Yassin has a special place in his heart for the sport, having served as president of the-then Guyana Amateur Boxing Association years ago.The GBA president, who was recently re-elected unopposed said he is extremely elated with the boxers’ performance which tells him Guyana is going in the right direction where boxing is concerned and stated that once given the support things can only get better for the sport locally.He said winning the Caribbean championship is the first step but there are many more steps to be made. The next he said is dominating the Latin American region, then the World Championships and finally, the Olympics.GOA president K. Juman-Yassin in his remarks also lauded the performance of the boxers stating that he is heartened by the results and is glad to see a young bunch of boxers performing so outstandingly. “Once you continue in this vein, we (GOA) and the government will ensure you have funds to participate in different championships,” Juman-Yassin assured.Yassin declared that the GOA stands ready to revisit a system of providing stipends to selected boxers and called on Ninvalle to urgently commence discussions on the way forward.The GOA boss further stated that the GOA would like to do more for the sport by making the boxers full-time boxers, but there are certain things that will have to be worked out, since some of the boxers are still attending school while others are working with different organisations and companies.Juman-Yassin had a special word of congratulation for the team’s head coach, Sebert Blake, who was the last Guyanese coach to attend a coaching programme through the GOA and the Olympic Solidarity Movement which was held in Hungary some years ago.After bagging four gold medals during the first four nights of competition in the CDBT in Barbados, the Guyanese boxers added a further five gold medals and a silver to their overall tally, assuring them of overall championships honours.On Saturday evening Christopher Moore contested the lightweight division of the Youth Division and secured a 3-0 points verdict against Grenade’s Nelson Cyrus and Joel Williamson, fighting in the final of the lightweight division in the Elite category, forced the referee to stop his contest against Jamaica’s Ricardo Carter, to win gold medals.Guyana’s lightweight Colin Lewis contesting the light welterweight division of the Elite category caused the referee to stop his fight against Barbados’ Derek Hymer during the first round.Desmond Amsterdam then added another gold medal to Guyana’s tally as he secured a third round TKO win over Jamaica’s Jonathan Hanson in their middleweight contest of the Elite category.Guyana’s Elite category super heavyweight boxer Jason Bakker then crowned the evening off with a 3-0 points win against Jamaica’s Ricardo Brown.But Guyana’s other Elite boxer, Kevin Allicock, who was on show on Saturday and from whom much was anticipated had to settle for a silver medal, as he lost on points in the second round in his flyweight contest against Barbados’ Jabali Breedy.last_img read more

first_imgRespected former NFA Chairman and former Military Governor of Kano and Benue States, Brig. Gen Dominic Obukadata Oneya (rtd), has hailed the South-south Congress of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State over its plans to host NFF President, Melvin Amaju Pinnick, this weekend.Speaking with the Chairman of Edo FA and Spokesman of the Congress, Frank Ilaboya, Oneya said Amaju is like a son to him and has made him proud and he is personally honoured at the achievement of the young and suave Nigerian football administrator.“Lion, they say begets lion and Amaju has not disappointed all of us in the South-south and indeed Nigeria and I must say he is indeed worth celebrating over his giant strides in football administration and politics,” he declared. He assured all that he will personally be at the occasion as a true South-south man to honour Amaju. NFF Ist Vice-President, Seyi Akinwunmi, spoke in a similar vein, declaring that the NFF president has been a shinning light to Nigerian football and he expects the entire football fraternity in the country to honour him not only the South-south.“I am from the South-west but this is not an event that true football lovers in the country should miss, because it’s a new dawn in Nigerian football and I am happy that my president is pioneering it,” he said.On his part, NFF Executive Committee member and Chairman of Chairmen, Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau, said he will lead a strong Northern delegation to the event in Benin City to underline the unity and strength of the Nigerian football family.He declared that in the near future the home of football in Africa will be in Nigeria and Pinnick has started a quiet revolution towards that line.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_img Source: ahram.org FIFA announced late on Tuesday that it had appointed a normalization committee for the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) headed by Amr El Ganainy until the upcoming elections.The decision of the world football governing body follows the recent resignation of the EFA President Hany Abo Rida and all board members after the national team’s unceremonious exit from the African Cup of Nations in the round of 16 at home earlier in July.The resignation was followed by a visit of a FIFA mission to Cairo when the EFA was temporarily managed by its Chief Executive Sarwat Sewilam.According to a statement by FIFA, Zamalek’s former board member Amr El Ganainy will chair the temporary committee alongside Gamal Mohamed Ali as deputy chairman.Sahar Abdel Hak, Mohamed Fadl Zahran, and Ahmed Abdallah Rady are the other members of the committee.The mandate of the normalization committee will include running the daily affairs of EFA, reviewing statutes and other regulations where necessary, the statement declared.Reviewing the statutes of the EFA members and ensuring they go in line with the new EFA Statutes as well as with the FIFA Statutes and requirements are also among the tasks of El Ganainy and other members.The committee will also be responsible for organizing and conducting elections for all EFA members based on their new statutes.“As the last step, the committee to act as an electoral committee in order to organize and conduct elections of a new EFA board based on the newly aligned EFA Statutes,” the statement added.FIFA said that 31 July 2020 is the deadline of the work of the committee that also can finish the mission earlier once it fulfills all its tasks.“As the normalization committee will also act as an electoral committee, none of its members can be eligible for any of the open positions in the elections under any circumstances,” the FIFA statement concluded.last_img read more